Serve as a NeASTA ambassador at the NMEA Conference
Will you be attending the NMEA Conference, 11/ 21 - 11/23? Sign up here to serve as a NeASTA ambassador at our NeASTA booth. Spread the word about the events we sponsor, the community we support, and the resources available for string teachers across the state. Sign-up here.
NeASTA State Solo Competition Results
Nebraska ASTA is pleased to announce the following winners in our fourth biennial State Solo Competition, held on Saturday, October 26, 2019:
1st Place - Sage Maleki, violin
2nd Place - Tessa Priesman, violin
3rd Place - Lucas Li, violin
1st Place - Libby Meade, viola
1st Place - Xun Xu, violin
2nd Place - Anthony Nesland, violin
Congratulations to all who performed!
Congratulations to our 2019 NeASTA Outstanding Teacher Awardees!
Congratulations to our fall Special Project Grant recipients!
Shae Monaghan and Kyle Case will use their grant funds to help defray costs to attend the national ASTA conference in Orlando where they were accepted to present their presentation, "The Inclusive Classroom: A Look at Adaptations for Students with Orthopedic Impairments."
Melissa Pruss will use her grant funds to support travel to the national ASTA conference in Orlando.
Alex Reza, Violins of Omaha, will use his grant funds to support scholarships for Strings Without Boundaries 2020!
Sight Reading Session!
Nebraska ASTA members got the school year off to a great start with a lively sight reading session at Sharon North Jones Studios, in Millard. Tom Miller, head of the string department at SNJ, graciously provided music from his upcoming repertoire selections, ranging from Grade 1 to 3.5, at OPS Buffet Middle School, along with a scoring sheet. From "International Tunes" to "Super Heroes" and "Creepers at the Castle” we all agreed that this is a very cool time to play strings!!! Critiques from participants helped us reflect on best choices for our own ensembles.
NE ASTA members represent NE at the collegiate and professional levels in Albuquerque, NM in March 2019.
Congratulations to Dr. Karen Becker and Nissa de la Torre on their presentations, to Dr. Mary Perkinson and Dr. Matthew Brooks on their poster presentations, and to Melissa Holtmeier for being invited to present a Yoga for Musicians class!
Congratulations to NE ASTA Teacher of the Year Awardees, Candace Jorgensen and Grazzia Sagastume. Through their commitment and dedication to string teaching, they embrace the mission of NE ASTA to support and encourage the teaching of stringed instruments at all educational levels and to establish the highest level of artistic and pedagogical standards. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Melissa Holtmeier, recipient of a Special Projects Grant. Melissa will use her funds to help defray conference costs where she'll be presenting a yoga class for string players. Through Melissa's commitment and dedication to string teaching and wellness, she embraces a core goal of ASTA, to develop and deliver high-value, timely solutions that support the string teacher and player’s evolving needs. Congratulations! The next deadline for Special Project Grant requests is 4/1.
This is the winner of the NeASTA Fiddle Tune Composition Competition from 2018!